Dr David Chieng, CEng, SMIEE, MIET

Associate Professor in Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Co-Director of Next Generation Internet of Everything Laboratory (NGIoE Lab), Department Industry Liaison

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Currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering (FoSE), University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Led international and national funded R&D projects in IoT, 4G/5G, wireless mesh, QoS, location-based and intelligent systems. 2020-2021, headed Digital Transformation research and IoT initiatives for ACE customers in Pulp and Paper, Palm Oil, Specialty Cellulose, Viscose Fibre and Integrated Energy industries. 2015-2020, led IoT Indoor Positioning, Navigation and Tracking products and solutions in MIMOS using multi-modal WiFi, BLE, GPS & sensor fusion techniques. Supported IR4.0 transformation for local SMEs especially with track & trace technologies. Developed Malaysia's first homegrown IR-UWB 3D location tracking system with ~10cm accuracy. 2017-2020, led ASEAN IVO Japan-funded IoT Smart Health with Location Tracking project. 2010-2015, led wireless mesh networking R&D (partially funded by Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation). Developed outdoor Multi-radio Surveillance WiFi-mesh router integrated with video analytics applications. 2006-2010 Principal Research Scientist, ARC, British Telecom (BT) Innovate & Design, Broadband Wireless Access research group supporting BT strategies on WiFi/WiMAX/LTE coverage & capacity, mobility, coexistence and convergence. 2008-2010, work package leader, EU ICT FP7 Carrier-Grade Wireless Mesh Network for triple-play services. 2003-2006, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering, Multimedia University. Led projects funded by Panasonic R&D Centre in Next-Gen Computer Telephony and Ubiquitous Computing. 2002-2003, VoIP product specialist in Unified Communications Sdn Bhd. 1999-2002, principal researcher in Brokering Open Network Differentiated Services project funded by Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd. 2001, selected as a member of UK@COMDEX team at Las Vegas and presented a futuristic Multi-Agent QoS brokering system prototype. 1997-98 researcher in a European EPSRC project pioneering in Mobile Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) QoS network modeling. Received MSc(electronics) in 1998 and PhD(computer networks) in 2002 from the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK. Filed 32 patents (17 granted) in Malaysia and internationally. Published over 70 papers in journals, conferences and book chapters. Guest editor for IEEE Commag, IET Network, Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing.

Research Interests

  • Internet of Things/Internet of Everything (IoT/IoE)
  • 5/6G wireless communications and applications
  • Industrial applications of AI/ML in IoT especially for smart health, agriculture and manufacturing

Research Interests

PhD/Postdoc Opportunities

I am constantly looking for PhD candidates to work with me and the team in NGIOE Laboratory. Topics include but not limited to Intelligent IoT Sensing, AIoT, IoT in 5/6G, IoT applications in various industry verticals in China. Full scholarships can be arranged. Please email David.Chieng@nottingham.edu.cn

I have supervised till completion 3 PhDs and currently supervising 7 students. I am looking forward to develop more researchers, scientists and engineers.


Internet of Things/Everything, Engineering Software, Electronic Projects, AI for Engineering and Professional Studies.

Professional Information

External PhD examiners for University Technology Sydney, Swinburne University of Technology, Multimedia University Malaysia, Sunway University Malaysia, University Tunku Abdul Rahman Malaysia.

Collaboration Opportunities

Open for academic and industrial collaborations in the areas of IoT. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Queen's University Belfast

1 Mar 199914 Jun 2002

Award Date: 14 Jun 2002

Master, MSc (Electronics), Queen's University Belfast

1 Sept 199730 Sept 1998

Award Date: 30 Sept 1998

External positions

External Advisor, Department of Computing and Information systems, Postgraduate Research Programme Doctor of Philosophy (Computing), Sunway University, Malaysia.

1 Nov 202330 Oct 2026

Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Wollongong (UOW) Malaysia KDU

1 Oct 202330 Sept 2025


  • Information and Communication Engineering
  • Electronics Science and Technology
  • Computer Science and Engineering

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  • Staff


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